Arts & Entertainment | November 8, 2017 8:51 am

Filipino Beauty Contestant Receives Praise After Speaking About Girlfriend

The 17-year-old was participating in the Binibining Cebu pageant in the Philippines.

A Filipino beauty contestant is receiving praise after she honestly answered a question about her personal life while competing in the Binibining Cebu pageant in the Philippines.

When asked about her boyfriend before being given an “official” question, Maria Izobel Taguiam, 17, clarified her sexual orientation.

“Yes but not a boyfriend but a girlfriend. Because I believe love does not see gender and if you love someone, go for it,” she said, according to a translation by BuzzFeed News.

Taguiam reportedly followed up on her answer this last week with the Cebu Daily News, and her comments went viral.

“I’m just proud to have her. I just want to tell people it is indeed okay to love someone regardless of gender,” she reportedly said of her girlfriend. “She’s someone worth loving, she has a beautiful soul.”

Though there isn’t verifiable video of the question, you can see Taguiam introduce herself and where she’s from in the video above. Take a look.